The Big Doe Rehab

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The Big Doe Rehab
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 4, 2007
GenreHip hop
LabelDef Jam Recordings
ProducerAnt-Live, Anthony Acid, Baby Grand,Davey Chegwidden, Frequency, Ghostface Killah, LV & Sean C, Scram Jones, Syience
Ghostface Killah chronology
More Fish
The Big Doe Rehab
Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City

The Big Doe Rehab is the seventh studio album by American rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah, released on December 4, 2007 on Def Jam Records. The album features guest appearances from fellow Wu-Tang members Raekwon, Method Man, U-God, and Masta Killa as well as from Kid Capri, Cappadonna and members of Ghostface's Theodore Unit crew. The album features production from LV & Sean C. among others.


The album was released on December 4, 2007. This initially conflicted with the release date of Wu-Tang Clan's fifth group album 8 Diagrams, a fact Ghostface was reported to be unhappy with, according to an interview with[1] In response to this, RZA subsequently announced the delay of 8 Diagrams by a further week so as not to clash with the release of The Big Doe Rehab.[2]

While speaking to MTV News in December 2007, Ghostface Killah explained the album title, saying:

"I dreamt I was in rehab, but for [having] mad money. Me and a bunch of old white dudes. Dreams — you can't really remember the dreams — but I was someplace, I don't even know if it was rehab, but it was mad money in there. When I woke up, the first thing that came to my mind was The Big Doe Rehab. I take a list of titles and write them in my rhyme book, which I might use in the future."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubA[5]
Robert Christgau(A-)[6]
Entertainment Weekly(B+)[7]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[8]
Paste3.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork Media(8.0/10)[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]

The Big Doe Rehab received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 77, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 29 reviews.[14] Marisa Brown of AllMusic said, "Overall the record lacks the excitement, the originality, and the passion that can and has made Ghostface so compelling. A lot of this, for better or for worse, can be blamed on the production."[4] Dave Hughes of Slant Magazine said, "Ghostface has built one of hip-hop's more reliably satisfying brands out of the sound that predominates on Rehab, and his fans will find a lot to like here. But given that a relevant part of his appeal has always been his eccentricity and willingness to take risks, a record mostly defined by his adherence to the tried and true is bound to feel like a bit of a copout."[10] Matthew Fiander of PopMatters said, "The Big Doe Rehab succeeds because it is an album unafraid to show kinks in its armor. Ghostface is always proud on record, and he holds onto that here, but not without letting us past the pride every once in a while, to see an artist that was always brilliant and full of energy finding just the right amount of focus as he hits what could turn out to be his most furtive years."[12]

Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone said, "The Big Doe Rehab isn't as distinct as last year's Fishscale, but it's close."[13] Eric Lach of Paste said, "While Rehab doesn't represent the top of Ghostface's game, the MC's approach is as viable as ever. And if the album doesn't pack the kind of radio-ready hits provided by this year's other big-time rappers like Kanye West and Jay-Z, it's only because this is one artist with other priorities."[9] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said, "If the title weren't already taken More Fish would be a fitting name for Ghostface's new album, another tour de force from a guy who made history with his Wu-Tang brethren while still in his early twenties and just keeps getting better with age. The Big Doe Rehab feels like a worthy sequel to last year's Fishscale."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Big Doe Rehab debuted at number 41 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and sold about 36,000 units in its debut week.[15] Unhappy with the album sales, Ghostface has since posted a video on his MySpace page expressing disappointment in most of his fans for downloading the album illegally.[16]

Track listing[edit]

1."At the Cabana Skit" (featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, Raekwon & Shawn Wigs)Davey Chegwidden1:12
2."Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Styles P & Solomon Childs)LV & Sean C3:01
3."Yolanda's House" (featuring Raekwon, Method Man & Joi Starr)Ant-Live3:12
4."We Celebrate" (featuring Kid Capri)LV & Sean C4:13
5."Walk Around" (featuring Jayms Madison)Anthony Acid3:32
6."Yapp City" (featuring Trife Da God & Sun God)Scram Jones3:43
7."White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)" (featuring Shawn Wigs)Frequency, Scram Jones4:07
8."Supa GFK"Ghostface Killah, Anthony Acid3:38
9."Rec-Room Therapy" (featuring Raekwon & U-God)Baby Grand, Davey Chegwidden3:13
10."The Prayer Skit" (featuring Ox aka Popa Don) 1:23
11."I'll Die for You" (featuring Amille D. Harris)LV & Sean C3:06
12."Paisley Darts" (featuring Raekwon, Sun God, Trife da God, Method Man & Cappadonna)LV & Sean C5:36
13."Shakey Dog Starring Lolita" (featuring Raekwon)LV & Sean C3:09
14."! Skit" (featuring Rhythm Roots Allstars, Shawn Wigs & Raekwon)Davey Chegwidden0:36
15."Killa Lipstick" (featuring Method Man & Masta Killa)Ghostface Killah, Anthony Acid3:38
16."Slow Down" (featuring Chrisette Michele)Syience2:36
Total length:47:55
Sample credits
  • "Toney Sigel A.K.A. the Barrel Brothers" contains a sample of "Fallin' in Love With You" by Al Wilson.
  • "Yolanda's House" contains a sample of "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Aretha Franklin.
  • "We Celebrate" contains a sample of "I Just Want to Celebrate" by Rare Earth.
  • "Walk Around" contains a sample of "Packed Up and Took My Mind" by Little Milton.
  • "White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)" contains a sample of "That's the Way It's Got to Be (Body and Soul)" by Soul Generation.
  • "Supa GFK" contains a sample of "Superman Lover" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
  • "Rec-Room Therapy" contains a sample of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" by Isaac Hayes.
  • "I'll Die for You" contains a sample of "It's All Over" by The Independents.
  • "Paisley Darts" contains a sample of "Lie No. 2" by The Originals.
  • "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita" contains a sample of "Musings to Myself" by El Michels Affair.
  • "Killa Lipstick" contains a sample of "Riding High" by Faze-O.


Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard 200[17] 41
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 8
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[19] 5


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